Have you ever noticed that when you are in the moment of really focusing on feeling grateful…really sucking up the life absorbing energy of being appreciative for the gifts that life has bestowed on you, that there are other emotions that you can NOT express at the SAME time?
You can’t feel truly angry and grateful at once.
You can’t be jealous of someone else’s good fortune while being bathed in the light of your own thankfulness.
You can’t focus on your own pain, suffering, fatigue, disillusionment, battle scars, insecurities and past failures while being grateful.
Thinking of those things can end your attitude of gratitude. Negativity and gratitude can’t share the same space in your brain at the same time. You have to choose.
And sometimes, the things we think are the misfortunes we should be complaining about, are the very things we should be grateful for, but the fog hasn’t cleared enough for us to know that yet.
The difficulties, hardships and trials of life, the obstacles…are positive blessings. They knit the muscles more firmly, and teach self-reliance.
It’s the weekend again. and this weekend I am celebrating an attitude of being in the moment and feeling gratitude. Simple gratitude for the health of family, friends and loved ones everywhere. Won’t you join me in this simple quest of staying in the moment of gratitude? It isn’t as simple as you think. 🙂 but try to hang on to it AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.
While you are at it, I have gotten a start at the Pebble People Page. Stop on over and take a look. It isn’t NEARLY even close to being finished so don’t skin me alive if you aren’t on there yet. PLEASE!!! Also, drop me an email at at wendik825ATaol.com if there is something else you would like to say or change for you.
Now for poetry time!
I am being a little self indulgent here this week with an original one. It is dedicated to all my little friends at cancer camp. With love.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Fighting the Beast
I looked into your hopeful eyes
And briefly saw my soul,
Frightened, aching, wanting so
To somehow make you whole
What kind of monster eats at
Children, nibbling bits and parts,
Thrashing families, stealing
Sunshine, slinking in the dark
I, filled with anger, grit my teeth,
Tears welled up with rage
Helplessness against the beast,
I swelled with bitterness and pain
I looked again into your eyes
Surprised to see your smile,
Courage and beauty
throughout your being
Had been there all the while
Your tiny hand I took in mine,
And soon renewed was I,
Fortified and overflowed
With willingness to try
Gratitude and blessings,
Friendships, hopes and dreams,
Hanging on to laughter,
Remembering Simpler things
No guarantees are offered
In any life or day,
We make the most of what
We can and head along the way
The beast will battle where
He may, we will battle too,
With strength and courage
Standing firm, LOVE will
See us through
~ Wendi Kelly